Esther R. Ukele |

Esther R. Ukele

Esther Ukele passed away Feb. 25, 2007, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.She was born March 28, 1914, in Silt to Charlie and Annie Hasselbush. Ester married the love of her life, Mark Ukele, on June 20, 1934. They spent their lives farming and ranching near Silt. Her greatest love and priority was always her family. Together, she and Mark enjoyed gardening, flowers, and spending time with friends. Esther was always ready to travel and was always open for a new adventure. This enterprising spirit led them to Germany to visit their son, Ed, and his family. Esther was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW and Congregational United Church of the Valley before suffering a stroke and moving to a nursing home in Denver. For the past four years, she lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Grand Junction. For many years, Esther wrote a weekly column in the Glenwood Post (now Post Independent) about the happenings in the Silt area. She is survived by her daughter, Betty (Jack) Houseman of Grand Junction; son Bob (Margie) Ukele of Bloomfield, N.M.; daughter-in-law Lynne Ukele of Casper, Wyo.; grandchildren Rick Eccher, Rhonda Coiner, Don, Gary, Mike, Trisha and Cliff Ukele, Shelli Beaubien, and Selina Martin; eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws Ruth Pittenger, Anna Lloyd, Della Griffin, Mary Jane Propernick and Shirley Ukele; brother-in-law Arthur Ukele; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died on their 55th wedding anniversary in 1989; sons Ed and Bill Ukele; daughter-in-law Kay Ukele; grandson Greg Eccher; and brother Carl Hasselbush. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2, at Callahan-Edfast Chapel in Grand Junction. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

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